Settlement reached in firing of Lyons McDonald’s employee

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today (Wednesday June 18 ) announced a settlement with Warrenone, Inc., a franchisee operating four McDonalds restaurants in Wayne and Monroe counties.

The settlement resolves the Attorney General’s investigation into the illegal firing of an employee at Warrenone’s Lyons location.

An investigation by the Attorney General’s Office found that on April 8, 2013, a part-time minimum-wage employee of the restaurant made multiple attempts to report a gas leak. When his supervisors did not address the situation, he reported the leak to the Lyons Fire Department.

Responding firefighters and local law enforcement both confirmed that there was a gas leak, and the store was temporarily closed to the public for the night. While the firefighters were at the restaurant investigating the leak, two supervisors fired the employee.

State Labor Law Section 740 forbids employers from retaliating against an employee for reporting to a supervisor or to the authorities when an employer violates a law that poses a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety.

The public health and safety issue reported here — a gas leak — involved a violation of provisions of the New York State Fire Code, among other things.

“It’s outrageous that an employee would be terminated for contacting the local authorities about a serious safety risk. He should be thanked, not fired,” said Schneiderman. “Workers who try to protect the public and their fellow employees deserve protection, and the state should have their back.”

As a result of this settlement, the company will pay $10,000 in restitution which constitutes approximately one and one half years’ worth of front pay in lieu of reinstatement for the discharged employee.

Lost compensation was already obtained through enforcement by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on May 17, 2013. Labor Law Section 740 does not provide for additional liquidated damages.

William Hamilton Sr., farmer, truck driver for OCO

William Hamilton, Sr., 83, of Pennellville died Tuesday June 10 at home.

He was born in Syracuse, NY and was a lifetime resident of Volney until 2010 when he moved to Pennellville.

As a child he grew up on a farm and later in life he continued to work in farming, and silo construction. Mr. Hamilton was past employed as a truck driver and he retired from OCO, Fulton where he worked as a bus driver and aide for 25 years.

He was a past member of the Fulton Moose Lodge and he enjoyed bowling at the Fulton Recreation Club and Lakeview Lanes.

Mr. Hamilton was pre-deceased by his granddaughter Tabitha.

He is survived by his six children:  Cheryl Hamilton of Pennellville, William Hamilton Jr., of Fulton, Michele Bradley of Fulton, Theresa Akarpinar of Granby, Eric Hamilton of Hannibal, Joanne Taylor of Granby; 17 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Burial will be held privately. Calling hours were Tuesday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.

Margaret Beckwith, spring burial

Margaret Beckwith, 79, of Fulton will be buried at 9:15 a.m., Saturday, June 21,  in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton with the Rev. Moritz Fuchs officiating.

Following the burial, a celebration of Mrs. Beckwith’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21st at the Oasis at Thunder Island, Fulton.

The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton, has care of the arrangements.

Fulton Noon Rotary honors students

Each month, the Fulton Noon Rotary Club invites two senior honor students from G. Ray Bodley High School to share lunch and the students receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Rotarians. The students discuss their high school careers and their future plans. The students were introduced by Judy Young, center, club chairperson for Youth Activities. Courtney DeLong, left, will graduate ninth in her class, attend SUNY Oswego and major in wellness education. Her career goal is to be a health educator. DeLong has volunteered in numerous church and community activities and enjoys teaching and performing for her dance studio. Alissa Robinson, right, has taken several Advanced Placement courses and enjoyed her time as a cheerleader. Robinson plans on attending the joint nursing program at Le Moyne College and St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, both in Syracuse.
Each month, the Fulton Noon Rotary Club invites two senior honor students from G. Ray Bodley High School to share lunch and the students receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Rotarians. The students discuss their high school careers and their future plans. The students were introduced by Judy Young, center, club chairperson for Youth Activities. Courtney DeLong, left, will graduate ninth in her class, attend SUNY Oswego and major in wellness education. Her career goal is to be a health educator. DeLong has volunteered in numerous church and community activities and enjoys teaching and performing for her dance studio. Alissa Robinson, right, has taken several Advanced Placement courses and enjoyed her time as a cheerleader. Robinson plans on attending the joint nursing program at Le Moyne College and St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, both in Syracuse.

Herbert “Butch” Kelly Jr., maintenance supervisor at Interface, National Guard member, NASCAR enthusiast

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Herbert “Butch” Kelly, Jr., 64, of Fulton, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 16 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse after a brief illness.

He was a graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School, class of 1969.

Butch recently retired from Interface Solutions in Fulton as a maintenance supervisor after 42 years. He served with the Army National Guard of New York from 1970 to 1976. Continue reading

DAR honors Revolutionary soldiers

The Kayendatsyona-Fort Oswego Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently held a Memorial Day Service at the Revolutionary Soldiers’ Monument in Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton. After the wreath was presented, the DAR chaplain gave a reading on the origin of Memorial Day, and closed the service with a prayer. DAR members present (from L-R): Sue Downey, Carol Fayette, Lois Peterson, Fanny Knapp, Eleanor Kelsey, Cathy Beebe, Randi Driesen, & Beverly Neville.  Photo by Jeanette Heath, DAR.
The Kayendatsyona-Fort Oswego Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently held a Memorial Day Service at the Revolutionary Soldiers’ Monument in Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton. After the wreath was presented, the DAR chaplain gave a reading on the origin of Memorial Day, and closed the service with a prayer. DAR members present (from L-R): Sue Downey, Carol Fayette, Lois Peterson, Fanny Knapp, Eleanor Kelsey, Cathy Beebe, Randi Driesen, & Beverly Neville.
Photo by Jeanette Heath, DAR.

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